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Conyers Welcomes Obama Administration’s Steps Toward Surveillance Reform

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Today, media outlets reported that the White House would propose legislation that would allow the NSA to obtain individual phone records only with the approval of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. This morning, the leadership of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence introduced legislation to end bulk collection but allows the government to continue to seize phone records ... Read more »

Conyers Challenges Republican Attempt to Undermine Executive Authority

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Today, the House of Representatives debated H.R. 4138 the, “Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enforcements of the Law (ENFORCE) Act.” This floor debate comes on the heels of the House Judiciary Committee having held a full committee markup on the legislation and a hearing a week prior entitled, “Enforcing the president’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the L... Read more »

Conyers: The Federal Criminal Code Needs A Major Overhaul

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Today, the Over-Criminalization Task Force, a bipartisan working group convened by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee to consider reforms to the criminal justice system, held a hearing entitled “Criminal Code Reform.” After delivering his opening remarks, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement: "Over the past several decades, the number of federal crimes has grow... Read more »

Conyers Applauds President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative

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Today, President Obama announced a new initiative called “My Brother’s Keeper” to address poverty, violence and incarceration rates among young men of color. Specifically, the Obama Administration will create a new presidential task force, the “My Brother’s Keeper Task Force,” that will assess which federal policies are aiding young men of color and which are failing them. Additionally, leading fo... Read more »

Conyers Calls on Conservatives to End Ideological Crusade Against Health & Safety Protections

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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives considered and passed H.R. 2804, the “All Economic Regulations are Transparent (ALERT) Act of 2014.” Following passage of the legislation, ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement: “I am increasingly disheartened as my Republican colleagues brought yet another ideologically driven, anti-regul... Read more »

Conyers Corrects Colleague’s Misconceptions Following Executive Authority Hearing

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Today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a full committee hearing entitled, “Enforcing the President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws.” After the hearing concluded, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) delivered the following statement: Throughout the course of United States history, Presidents have exercised their constitutional authority to undertake executive act... Read more »

Conyers & Benishek Introduce “Quality Health Care Coalition Act” to Ensure Balanced Playing Field in Healthcare Industry

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Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Congressman Dan Benishek, M.D. (R-Mich.) introduced H.R. 4077, the “Quality Health Care Coalition Act of 2014.” This legislation provides a limited antitrust exemption for physicians in negotiations with private insurance companies, giving health care providers the ability to negotiate contract terms on an equal level with insurers, including term... Read more »

Conyers Lauds Presidential Commission’s Bipartisan Approach to Addressing Voting Problems

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Today, ranking member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) met with Bob Bauer, the co-chair of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. This meeting comes on the heels of a report that the commission issued last month detailing how to address the many issues that plagued the 2012 presidential election specifically and the American electoral system genera... Read more »

As Bipartisan Concern Grows, Conyers Urges Surveillance Overhaul At Judiciary Hearing

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Today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a full committee hearing entitled “Examining Recommendations to Reform Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Authorities.” During his opening remarks, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) delivered the following statement: “The 9/11 Commission, observing that Congress had ‘vested substantial new powers in the investiga... Read more »

Conyers Calls for End to Telephone Metadata Program on Eve of Judiciary Hearing on Surveillance Reform

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Tomorrow morning, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee is holding a full committee hearing entitled “Examining Recommendations to Reform Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Authorities.” In anticipation of the hearing, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement: “The public now understands that our government is engaged in widespread domest... Read more »